#5: Bill Barber, LW, Flyers: 1972-1984
Bill Barber did not enjoy a super long career by any means, but the Flyers legend was wildly productive during his time there. Barber was a remarkably strong player at both ends of the ice, and even received Selke votes on two occasions.
The Hockey Hall of Famer was drafted seventh overall by Philadelphia in 1972 and made the Broad Street Bullies’ roster straight away. In his first pro season, Barber scored 30 goals and 34 assists in just 69 games. In today’s league, any player who can do that is usually a slam-dunk for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Instead, Barber finished in second-place behind Steve Vickers, who is… not a Hockey Hall of Famer.
Barber spent his entire 12-year career with the Flyers, and of course played a huge role in helping the franchise score two consecutive Stanley Cups. During his prime, the sniper was regularly amongst the league’s leading scorers, and had a 112-point season in 1975-76. Knee surgery forced Barber to retire at the age of 31, but he was already well established as one of the greatest players in franchise history at that point.
If that wasn’t enough, Barber would briefly appear behind the bench as Flyers head coach in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, and won the Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s best coach for the 2000-01 season. Barber was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and had his number 7 retired by the Flyers in 1990.